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Reproduction of the artwork that adorned the nose of B-24J #44-10558 "Ma's Lil' Angel" of the 466th BG - 785th BS sent ny Harold Fritzler to Earl Wassom.

This cartoon was originally painted by David Redfern the waist gunner assigned to the Eugene Scamhorn Crew of the 491st BG, when they were given the aircraft in San Francisco.

The Scamhorn Crew ferried #44-10558 over from the United States, and like most crews who ferried a bomber over, thought it would be the aircraft they took into combat, so they named it and painted only to have it taken away when they got to Northern Ireland.



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  • Harold Fritzler

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator

  • David Redfern

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Redfern was waist gunner assigned to Eugene D Scamahorn's crew. After completing air crew training in California, the crew were given B-24 44-10558. Assuming it would become their regular aircraft Redfern painted it (with the support of the crew) with...


  • 44-10558 Ma's Lil' Angel

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 44-10558 was given to a crew of the 491st Bomb Group. Assuming it would become their regular aircraft, the right waist gunner, David Redfern painted the aircraft (with the support of the crew) with the nose art of 'Ma's 'Lil' Angel'. ...


Date Contributor Update
10 September 2020 09:14:24 Emily Changes to caption

Amends to caption as per Redfern's diary at 2nd Air Division Digital Archive

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2016 02:00:39 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2016 02:00:08 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations

466th BG Archives - Letter from Harold Fritzler to Earl Wassom - August 1996